Even as the Shiv Sena on Monday protested against the alleged molestation of two girls in a Kurla school by a physical training teacher, parents of the girls claimed the school would terminate the accused’s services. Manikchand Yadav allegedly molested the two girls on September 30, and is since absconding.
Speaking to dna one of the girl’s father said, “When we visited the school today, we were shown a letter which stated that the teacher will be dismissed when he is found.”
However, the school refused to confirm the development. “We will take appropriate action against the person, if found guilty. As an immediate step to deal with the problem, the management will have a counsellor at the school to garner a good teacher-student relationship,” said an official of the school’s trust.
A case was registered against the accused at the Nehru Nagar police station on October 3. While the parents of the girls do not have any grievance against the school, they do not want the teacher to get a job anywhere else. “Our girls are studying at this school for many years and one bad person does not make the whole school bad. So, the girls are attending school from the very next day,” said the father of another girl.
According him, fearing adverse reactions from her parents, the girl did not tell them. “Her mother went to school the next day when other children told her about the incident. When we asked her, she told us that the PT teacher had threatened to remove her clothes in front of the class,” he said.
The parents alleged that this was not the first complaint against the teacher. “A few more girls have complained about similar behaviour of the teacher. We will ask the police to record their statements,” said an uncle of one of the girls.
The school denied the allegations. “There has been no complaint against the teacher earlier. We would not want to comment further,” said the principal.
On Monday, Shiv Sena workers protested on the school premises. “The principal has assured us of cooperating with the police. The police has promised us that the accused will be nabbed soon,” said Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Naik.
Rights panel to take up case
The Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has decided to take suo motu cognisance of the matter. “We have read about the case. And the Commission will take up the case and date of the hearing will be decided shortly,” said AN Tripathi, secretary of the Commission.